Saturday, December 25, 2004

I've got a new bit of Combat! fanfic posted, for those of you who'd like to read it. It doesn't really have a title, although I call it "Lost". You can find it at http://www.storynook.net/WQSaundersentry.html . It's what's called a 'challenge entry'--every now and then, one of the members of the C!-fanfic-writers email list issues a challenge. They can set it up however they want, and then whoever wants to can write a story for it. I always tell myself I'm not gonna write for the latest challenge, I'm gonna keep focusing on whatever other story I've got going...but I respond to a fair number of them anyway. Sometimes they're really complex, like the challenge I wrote "Bulletproof" for, which said you had to have Doc, Kirby, Littlejohn, Billy, a sniper, a jeep, a flat tire, and Doc had to get really badly wounded. Or there was the Halloween challenge (remember "The Carver"?), and recently we did a Christmas challenge (for which I wrote a story that's not yet ready for public perusal). Anyway this particular challenge was pretty simple: just focus on one character who thinks Sgt. Saunders is dead.

I focused on Lt. Hanley, cuz I'm really interested in the relationship between him and Saunders, and how it changed once Hanley got his commission. And I'm trying to dig into the character of Hanley lately, cuz I've neglected him (in favor of my darling Saunders) for a long time. As the story evolved, it turned into a sort of prequel to my earlier story "Intermission" (http://www.storynook.net/WQIntermission.html). I actually wrote the first draft of "Lost" in the car on the way to my Grandma's funeral, so a lot of Hanley's physical reactions are drawn from my own experiences of a few days previous. And I've gotta thank my fellow Queen of America, ED, for indirectly inspiring me by commenting (ages ago) that a couple names in "Intermission" kinda confused her...

So anyway, Merry Christmas, and enjoy the new story!

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